Urban Blight and Public Health: Addressing the Impact of Substandard Housing, Abandoned Buildings, and Vacant Lots

​We spend more than two-thirds of our time where we live; thus, housing and neighborhood conditions affect our well-being. The health impacts from blighted properties are often not immediately visible or felt. This report synthesizes recent studies on the complexities of how blight affects the health of individuals and neighborhoods while offering a blend of policy and program recommendations to help guide communities in taking a more holistic and coordinated approach, such as expanding the use of health impact assessments,... Read more

Home in America: Immigrants and Housing Demand

​Over the past two decades, immigrants account­ed for about 28 percent of all household growth in the United States and have been a critical factor in the housing market’s recent recovery. Immigration policy is poised potentially to have a big impact on the continued improvement and overall health of the U.S. housing market. A new study by the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing builds off prior research on immigrants and housing to examine the housing and residential location choices of... Read more

Providing Well-Placed Affordable Housing in Rural Communities

​The cost of living in rural areas is generally lower than in metro areas, yet many residents of rural cities and towns nevertheless struggle to afford the homes and apartments available in those markets. Furthermore, newly added affordable housing that is built is often located far from jobs, hospitals, grocery stores and schools creating high transportation costs and hardship particularly given that many of these households do not have reliable access to transportation. This toolkit from Smart Growth America examines... Read more

Understanding the Small and Medium Multifamily Housing Stock

​Researchers at Enterprise Community Foundation and the University of Southern California found that small and medium multifamily housing provides 54 percent of the U.S.’s rental housing stock and is home to a majority of low-income households. Located in all types of communities, these properties include more than one in three homes in central cities and more than in one in five suburban homes. This report concludes that policymakers should support the development of financial tools to preserve this type of... Read more

Denver and Philly Ask Residents: How Do Our Streets Work for You?

N​obody knows the ins and outs of a neighborhood better than the people who live there. Vision Zero planning in Denver and Philadelphia is taking that into account. They’re two of the latest U.S. cities to embrace Vision Zero, by aiming to prevent (or, bring to zero) traffic-related fatalities. Now, as the cities work to sift through the data necessary to shape their targeted infrastructure, enforcement and outreach plans, they’ve both turned to crowdsourcing to capture community concerns about dangerous... Read more

Housing Market Revival is Key to Detroit’s Economic Recovery

A healthy housing market builds current residents’ wealth, attracts new residents, stabilizes neighborhoods, and generates revenue for local government. Although Detroit’s housing market has been plagued by weak demand, an oversupply of aging and dilapidated housing stock, and a lack of sufficient income and access to capital for potential homebuyers, emerging trends and innovative practices are moving the city toward greater economic recovery. Read more... Read more
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